College Football Recruiting 2013: Notre Dame Excels During Busy Week

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2012

We have a busy weekend coming up in the college football recruiting world with stops in Los Angeles, South Carolina and North Carolina for the Nike Football Training Camp and Rivals VTO camps. Before they get underway, we need to reflect on the week that was.

The team that stood out the most were the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

It started when they landed four 4-star recruits over the weekend during and after their junior day, and then continued as they landed their fifth and sixth pledges early in the week. Overall, they now have nine commits in their 2013 recruiting class and continue to push toward the top of the 2013 class rankings. 

They're not the only ones who made a splash, though, as other programs across the country earned commitments as well. 


Saturday, March 24

Colin McGovern, OT, Lincoln-Way West (New Lennox, IL): Committed to Notre Dame

Hunter Bivin, OL, Apollo (Owensboro, KY): Committed to Notre Dame

Johnny O'Neal, LB, West Laurens (Dublin, GA): Committed to Georgia

Carl Lawson, DE, Milton (Alpharetta, GA): Committed to Auburn

Dylan Cantrell, WR, Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX): Committed to Texas Tech

Austin Berk, DE/TE, Grand Junction (Grand Junction, CO): Committed to Colorado State

McGovern and Biven, two 4-star recruits, got the ball rolling for what was a phenomenal week for the Irish.

Georgia, meanwhile, snatched up their ninth commit of 2013 with an ESPNU 150 Watch List member.

Lawson was a big get for the Tigers, especially considering they dipped into rival territory to land him. He's the sixth member of Gene Chizik's 2013 class.

Landing Cantrell was nice for Tech, but it's still on the lookout for their first 4-star recruit. The WR is the fifth of their 2013 class.

Berk is the first to commit to the Rams in 2013.


Sunday, March 25 

Roderick Johnson, OT, American Heritage (Delray Beach, FL): Committed to Florida

Mike McGlinchey, OT, William Penn Charter (Philadelphia, PA): Committed to Notre Dame

Malik Zaire, QB, Archbishop Alter (Kettering, OH): Committed to Notre Dame

Nigel Bowden, LB, Central (Macon, GA): Committed to Vanderbilt

Austin Ramesh, RB/LB, Northland Pines (Eagle River, WI): Committed to Wisconsin (second in class)

Myles Willis, ATH, Marist (Atlanta, GA): Committed to UCF

McGlinchey was a nice pickup, but it was Zaire that really brought the house down for Notre Dame this week. The dual-threat quarterback had a number of big-name programs chasing him down. For the Irish, who just landed a big-name gunslinger last year, this really brings up an interesting situation for the quarterback position in the coming years.

Johnson was the 11th pickup for the Gators this year and continues Will Muschamp's trend of keeping in-state talent in state.

ESPNU 150 Watch List member Bowden was a huge a pickup for the Commodores. He's the third of their class (they add a fourth later in the week), but arguably their most important pickup considering he came from out of state.

Ramesh is the second commitment for the Badgers this year while Willis is the second pickup in the last seven days for the Knights.


Monday, March 26

Quan Jones, WR, Wylie East (Wylie, TX): Committed to Baylor

Andy Dodd, OL, Pepperell (Lindale, GA): Committed to Alabama

Rashad Kinlaw, ATH, Absegami (Galloway, NJ): Committed to Notre Dame

The rangy Jones is a great grab for the Bears and the second of their five 2013 commits to carry an ESPNU 150 Watch List tag.

Dodd isn't the biggest of names, but he had a number of big-name programs chasing him and decided to end the recruiting process early by giving coach Nick Saban his ninth commitment of the year.

Kinlaw gives coach Brian Kelly another athlete to work with and he could be a big help to the program if he develops.


Tuesday, March 27 

Corey Robinson, WR, San Antonio Christian (San Antonio, TX): Committed to Notre Dame

Curtis Cothran, DE, Council Rock North (Newtown, PA): Committed to Penn State

Sammie Long, WR, Lakes (Lakewood, WA): Committed to Washington

Jonathan Wynn, DE, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA): Committed to Vanderbilt

The son of David "The Admiral" Robinson, is the last pickup for the Irish this week and they couldn't be happier with their haul. Only 6'4" now, the young receiver is still growing and has a lot of potential.

Cothran chose to join a Penn State class that isn't large just yet, but is high on overall talent.

As for the Huskies, they scored their second pledge of 2013 with Long, an in-state receiver, and we can expect to see a lot more from them soon enough.

Vandy's second pickup of the week brings their class up to four, with three of them coming out of Georgia.


Wednesday, March 28 

Ben Boulware, LB, TL Hanna (Anderson, SC): Committed to Clemson

Ryan Switzer, RB, George Washington (Charleston, WV): Committed to North Carolina

Wednesday wasn't big in terms of numbers, but made up for it in talent. Boulware, an ESPNU 150 Watch List member, is the fifth player to pledge to Clemson and had a number of other big-name programs after him such as Tennessee, Stanford and UCLA. 

Penn State heavily pursued Switzer, who was one of the most dynamic playmakers in the country and a touchdown machine. Most expected him to wind up in Happy Valley, but the gifted athlete who can play any number of positions wound up choosing Chapel Hill.

He's the third big pickup for Larry Fedora and staff in the last eight days and the seventh overall in the 2013 class.


Thursday, March 29

Jacarthy Mack, LB, Martin Luther King (Lithonia, GA): Committed to Louisville

The fourth commit in the 2013 class, Mack chose the Cardinals over ECU, Vandy, Kansas State and South Carolina.

We'll wrap up every week at Signed, Sealed, Delivered with a rundown of all the biggest news and top commitments. Be sure to share your thoughts because we all know that some of these recruits are bound to change their minds.

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